A former Woolworths check-out employee has been licensed and authorised as the new curate at churches in Eastwood,Brinsley and Underwood.
A welcome celebration service for Anna Alls took place at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood, with almost 200 people n the congregation.
The church’s priest-in-charge, the Rev David Stevenson, colleague the Rev David Picken, the Archdeacon of Newark, conducted the licensing service.
With her proud parents, Graham and Pam Clarke, and family members including husband John and their two daughters, Mia and Katie, and step-sons Ryan and Tom sharing the moment, Anna duly pledged her commitment to the three local churches and to the commumity.
Born and bred in Skegby, Anna was educated at St Andrew’s Primary School and then St John’s senior school in Mansfield.
Anna worked forsix years with Woolworths before completing her theological education at St.John’s College from where she graduated after three years.
Anna,35,who lives in the Rectory at Brinsley, was “overwhelmed” with the massive show of support given to her at the licensing service.
“Everyone has been so kind and welcoming and the spirit of love and friendship has shone through,” she said.
Children from the church Sunday School and youth group presented her with cards and a colourful collage bearing the message “welcome to the family”.
“This is a new chapter in my life and a golden opportunity to fulfil the work that God has chosen me to carry out.” she said.